‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 8

The Walking Dead season 7 Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in ‘The Walking Dead’ season 7 (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

The official season eight renewal announcement came during The Walking Dead‘s two hour special, The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far. Airing on October 16, 2016, the two-hour special provided a season-by-season recap of the events leading up to the season seven premiere. Per AMC, the eighth season of the popular zombie apocalypse series will premiere in 2017 and will include the series’ 100th episode.

The much anticipated premiere of season seven, which will finally provide the answer as to who Negan killed in the season six finale, will premiere on October 23, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT. As in previous seasons, The Walking Dead will be immediately followed by the live aftershow, Talking Dead. The Walking Dead‘s been ranked as the #1 series among adults ages 18 through 49 over the past four years.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, echoing Negan’s words. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

The series is executive produced by Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Luse. Season seven’s cast includes Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Christian Serratos, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ross Marquand, Chandler Riggs, and Josh McDermitt.

The Season Seven Plot: The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his will, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.